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Looking for an epic guided kayak tour near Orlando? Call 352-589-7899 and Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc will make it happen for you!  

Kayaking near Orlando is absolutely incredible. Rated "Excellent" on Trip Advisor with tours on 5 different rivers we offer a variety of guided kayak trips close to the Orlando area. 

Whether you're a beginner or an adventurous soul, into birding, nature, photography or just having a safe, relaxing time on the water...
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St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City, FL) 
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. As you paddle over the clear waters of Blue Springs, it's like kayaking in an aquarium. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles, Garfish, Bass and many more species thrive here and call this place home. Just up I-4 from Orlando makes this tour a favorite! It's a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
St Johns River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
St Johns River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

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Winter Manatee Tour (Nov. - Mar. Orange City) 
Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! Just north of Orlando, this is an incredible 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Winter Manatee I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

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Extreme Blackwater Lake (Eustis, FL) 
Paddle through an enchanted blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress trees that are hundreds maybe even thousands of years old. These weathered trees tell many stories about the history of this land. Less than an hour from Orlando, Blackwater Lake is a 2-3 hour treat.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $59.00 (2-3 hours)

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Rock Springs Run (Apopka, FL) 
This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles etc. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. Being close to Orlando also makes this a great 2-3 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

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Extreme Emerald Cut (Apopka, FL) 
This run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. This narrow river screams excitement and fun to the experienced paddler. The longer 4-5 hour run is a combo tour of the mellow trip past the old Florida Cracker houses to the savannah and the fast waters of Emerald Cut. Along with some wildlife viewing this is an awesome 2-3 or 4-5 hour Orlando Kayaking Tour!
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Emerald Cut I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

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Wekiva River (Sanford, FL) 
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. This Orlando kayaking tour is right off of I-4 and we are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour here.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Wekiva River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Wekiva River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

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Silver River (Silver Springs, FL) 
Exceptionally scenic! Silver Springs which creates the Silver River is the second largest spring in Florida. Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25 ft and it’s so clear that you can see the bottom. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but a first magnitude spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. If you are staying near Orlando and want to experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Central Florida this is an unforgettable 4-5 hour tour or go for the full day, it's an extraordinary 6-7 hour paddle.
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $89.00 (4-5 hours)
Silver River II $129.00 (6-7 hours)

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We have packages for ages 5 and above and all of our tours are booked by reservation.
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Kayaking the St Johns River and Blue Springs

We were a colorful bunch today paddling the St Johns River. April is a great time to be hanging outside. The Winter grays are fading to the greens of Spring and the animals are starting to nest. Right off the bat Allison and I had a Gator cross the river in front of us and we got a good look at him claiming his territory. He said “Hey” we said “Hey” and we all went on about our day. Paddling in Blue Springs is a real fantasy world and full of fish. The Air Plants are blooming while the Quill Leaf is reaching for the sun. The Gar Fish are stacked up together and the Turtles were out sunning too. The Cormorant held his post while Gerry and Mary kayaked by. They must have only been 8 feet away when they drifted past him. Leaving the spring run the Bald Eagle was our sentinel perched high in the trees. We could hear the Great Blue Heron chicks going off as they waited for more food. Snake Creek gave way to a few Purple Gallinules and we could hear the Red-shouldered Hawks flying around. The Osprey was out catching fish. The Green Heron we passed never moved a muscle. There were a few smaller Gators in the creek we got a peek at and several more sunning Turtles. Then the wind blew us back to the launch. The creations of Mother Nature never cease to amaze.     

Kayaking with the Kids! January 2016

The St Johns was the river of choice today. With the kids in tandems we set off to find the Manatees and do some winter time paddling in Florida. Staying up close to the tree line we found four Manatees feeding among the water plants. There were lots of Snake Birds out sunning. Along with the Little Blue Herons we saw Wild Turkeys, White Ibis, Great Blues, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets out and about. After our lunch break we headed back into the warm sun and then the Manatees really showed themselves! What a great group and a great day to be on the river.

Kayaking with the Manatees December 9th, 2015

Chris and Wendy brought their 2 young sons out for their 4th kayak tour with us. Today the St Johns River was all ours! In search of the Manatee. The boys 9 and 12 are quite the paddlers and very curious…drifting past sunning Anhingas, Purple Gallinule on the Water Lilies and Limpkins looking for that hidden Apple Snail. Upstream at the Manatee Refuge the Sea Cows were heavy and we had many close encounters. In the flooded swamps of Snake Creek we spotted a lone Barred Owl napping on a low branch. There were Turtles sunning and a few nice Alligators rounded out our fun.

From On Top of the World to kayaking the Wekiva River October 13, 2015

A perfect day greeted Barbara and myself on the Lower Wekiva River this morning. The Red Maples are starting to turn their Fall colors, there was a light breeze and glassy waters to paddle. The Kingfishers were sounding off, Phoebes calling out to each other and Gray Catbirds staking their territories. We also saw White Ibis, Limpkins, Great, Little Blue and Tri-colored Herons all out feeding along the rivers edge. There were many Turtles out sunning too. With the cool breeze blowing and the sun warming our faces it made for a great day. Summer is in the past, long live Fall!

Kayaking near Orlando August 10, 2015

John and Lynn brought their Grand kids down from NJ for a little Florida fun and we were able to show them the Lower Wekiva River. The Little Blue Heron was the dominant bird of the day today seeing all 3 phases. We also got to see the Great Egrets, Great, Tri-colored and Green Herons. The Osprey came crashing down into the river trying to catch fish for breakfast and then we saw the Wild Turkeys and Florida's own Limpkin, the snail eater. We stopped for a snack break then back in the kayaks as we headed off for a down stream drift. With that Florida blue sky above, it was a beautiful day to be on the river!